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This is the official blog for the NWA Center for Sexual Assault. Here you can access all things sexual violence awareness, prevention, education, and self-care. Being here is the first step in creating a community of knowledge seekers, activists, allies, and survivors. We will be posting blogs every week, and for special events, we may post extra, so make sure to sign up for updates or check back weekly.


 

Healing Corner

Clothes are not consent. Clothes have never been consent. Clothes will never be consent.

Can I just say #thestruggle is real? I have been on the hunt to find extra and new activities to help me feel bold and confident.

How is rape normalized in our culture and society?
 Music, television, internet, and almost every means of communication that exists.
 The victim is focused and blamed instead of the aggressor.
 The subject is mocked.
 It is encouraged through “machismo.”
 The survivor is not believed.
 Speaking outside the family and home is prohibited.

On April 22, 2020, Vanessa Guillén disappeared from the Fort Hood, Texas base. The question is the following, how does a person disappear from the military base overnight?

Effective communication is a necessary skill in life because it helps us establish and maintain healthy relationships. Healthy relationships allow us to live longer more fulfilled lives, by creating less stress, stronger connections, and even having a positive impact on your career.

Millennials, have you completed your census this year? 

I was born in 1990 and I’ve been head of my household for two censuses now. Yet, I have to admit 2020 is the first year I am actually filling out the census. I also have to admit, even though I am sharing what I’ve learned from my research of the census; I personally only filled out the census for future generations of my family. 100 years from now,  I want my great-great-grandchildren to be able to look back and expand upon their family tree. 

Why didn’t you report?

Those words echo through the crowd, the friend group, the strangers across social media… “Why didn’t you just report? Why did you wait so long to say something?

This is a translated guide from Dr. Maricela Becerra on how to talk to your family about what is going on with #BlackLivesMatter. It covers some basic ideas, definitions, and phrases that commonly come up when people don't quite understand the protesting and anger.

As we get closer to a prominent, though lesser-known day in American History (Juneteenth); I felt it was important to have a discussion on an argument I’ve reluctantly listened to and been a part of. It even feels more relevant because there has been an influx in racist Tik Tok content and now some white women believe the name “Karen” is racist and just as bad as other racial slurs.

I was born into a culture where social distancing wasn’t a thing. A culture where everything was celebrated with everyone, especially with families and friends. A culture where everyone, no matter how you’re related or where you’re located, came together and supported you during your time of need.

There is no good way to start this, but our hearts are aching for George Floyd and the many Black people that have lost their lives at the hands of racism and unjust systems of oppression. As a Center, we are outraged and hurting. I do not think words can fully explain how the community is processing and feeling right now, but this ends with us.

I really want to know what makes my life less valuable than yours.

I do not think you understand the pain, I feel.

The Education Amendment Act of 1972, Title IX, is composed of only 37 words, but fundamentally changed how federally funded schools responded to sexual harassment and gender discrimination.

We can all go from wherever we are to wherever we want to be. No dream is impossible provided we first have the courage to believe in it.

Here is how you can do that—13 ways to improve your life...

History, year-round, should consist of different experiences, world views, and not just the stories of the white “victor.” Incorporating different histories year-round allows us to better create communities that protect and uplift all people.

You may be thinking at this point What does a heritage month have to do with sexual violence, prevention, or mental health? Short answer, everything!

I have another post regarding rape culture, and I want to expand on my thoughts. I am not saying that all TV shows or films do a horrible job of handling sexual assault and rape culture in a manner that promotes understanding or providing a voice rather than victim-blaming. When I think of a movie that shows the reality of rape culture; Precious comes to mind (spoilers and TW: abuse, incest, and sexual violence, below). 

The entertainment industry benefits from showing sexual assault. In an ideal world, I want to believe that the television, film, and music industries would use their platform to educate on sexual violence, while also making survivors feel empowered to share their stories.

This is an anonymous letter from the perspective of someone struggling with depression. They are writing to explain what it means to be in a relationship with someone who has depression.

Bored, anxious, or stressed in Quarantine? Join the club, but not really because that would be against social distancing regulations. You might’ve heard the saying “Modern problems require modern solutions” hopefully after reading this article it will give you some unconventional ideas to alleviate boredom or ease anxiety during this unconventional time.

It’s coming to the end of April, which also means the end of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but have you ever thought about who paved the way?

Who fought for national sexual violence awareness? Well if you have, or if you haven’t, I am here to provide all the information.

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OUR IMPACT IN 2019:

  • Support Groups Offered:

    70

  • Individual Counseling Sessions Provided:

    1,395

  • Forensic Rape Kit Exams Completed:

    119

  • Hotline Calls Answered:

    976

  • Educational & Outreach Program Attendees:

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